Is there any real security? Well, to be brutally honest, nothing is ever 100% secure; it’s a case of keeping ahead of the “game”.

Every week there’s another “data leak” … almost every day someone gets caught in a “phishing” or “vishing” scam … what can you do?

At least individuals can take comfort in the fact that it is businesses and governments which attract the worst attacks, but it is still wise to take precautions.

Here’s a few of the basic, well reported, things you can do to stay safe:

  1. Make sure you have a firewall (preferably built into your router).
  2. Make sure you have an Anti-Virus program and that it is up-to-date.
  3. Run AV checks at least once a week.
  4. Never open emails from sources you do not recognise.
  5. Never go to a website without checking it first (see item 10 below).
  6. Make sure your Wi-Fi is secured AND using MAC filtering.
  7. Ignore telephone calls telling you that they can see your PC has a virus!
  8. Never let anyone have remote access to your PC.
  9. Never give any sensitive information over the Internet or telephone!
  10. USE THE INTERNET! If in doubt search for the name/application/website/phone number – there’s a lot of information out there!

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